Archive for March, 2015


Want to Teach Your Child the ABCs? There’s an App for That!

In the old days, we used flashcards to teach ABCs — now there are apps! With apps, the alphabet learning becomes interactive, animated, and personal to your child. In other words: exciting!

Here’s a list for the top ABC apps:

AMAZING ALPHABET APPS:

ELMO LOVES ABCs for iPAD

Adorable Elmo serves as your child’s cheerleader while he or she explores the letters of the alphabet. Kids will trace the letters, learn their beginning sounds, and play games with the letters. Elmo energizes the learning with his silly antics.

Elmo-Loves-ABCs

ALPHATOTS

When each letter of the alphabet is introduced, kids get to play a game that reinforces the letter sounds. They will build a robot with the letter “R” and kick the soccer ball with the letter “K.” This app turns learning the alphabet into hands-on learning.

AlphaTots Screen 2

AVOKIDDO ABC RIDE

This app takes kids on a bike ride to find the hiding letters of the alphabet. At 26 different locations, kids first find the hidden letter and then enjoy silly antics with it, such as jumping on jiggling jelly!

Avokiddo-ABCRide-Screen3

FACES iMAKE -ABC

Puzzle play is what sets this ABC app apart from the others. Each letter has a fun puzzle that kids put together.

Faces-iMake-ABCs

METAMORPHABET

This ABC app is the most visually exciting of the ones on this list. It mesmerizes children (and adults) with its dazzling transformations and intriguing animations. Each touch of a letter produces something new. Don’t miss this one.

Metamorphabet4

ENDLESS ALPHABET

Silly monsters act out the meaning of words that start with the letters of the alphabet. The animations are great and hilarious.

Endless-Alphabet-Screen5

MY BEASTLY ABCs

My Beastly ABCs uses mythical creatures and beasts to demonstrate each letter of the alphabet. Told in a book app format, this tale about a timid boy playing with monsters is told by the master narrator Jim Dale of Harry Potter fame!

My-Beastly-ABCs-Screen1

 

 

 


Best Book Apps Discussed on NPR’s All Sides with Ann Fisher

JinnyBio2TWK2014The NPR radio show All Sides with Ann Fisher invited our Editor, Jinny Gudmundsen, to be a guest last Tuesday, March 10, 2015 to talk about:

 The Best Book Apps for Kids

 

Given that March is National Book Reading Month, Jinny and Ann discussed the kinds of book apps that are available and if there were any advantages to reading a book on a device versus reading one on a page. Listen here to the podcast to hear Jinny’s responses. Jinny’s interview starts at minute 17:53 and runs until minute 35:11.

Book Apps for Kids Discussed During the Interview:

 

LEONARD

Peek inside the imagination of a little boy who is looking for friends in unusual places.

To read our full review, click here

Leonard2

CINDERELLA by NOSY CROW

Refreshing version of Cinderella where the prince falls for her because she is nice. This book app makes good use of tech, including having readers tap on the characters to move the story forward.

To read our full review, click here

Cinderella-Nosy-Crow-Screen5

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD by NOSY CROW

A modern version of the classic tale where Little Red is the heroine, and she saves her granny from the wolf. The app lets you choose your own path through the woods, so when you replay it, you can experience several different endings.

To read our full review, click here.

Little-Red-by-Nosy-Crow

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by NOSY CROW

This classic fairy tale is presented in an innovative way that blends gaming and reading so that reluctant readers will be intrigued.

To read our full review, click here.

Jack-Beanstalk

THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK…starring GROVER

Grover tries to stop kids from turning the pages of this book app in this hilarious story about overcoming your fears. This classic tale is even better as a book app in showing Grover at his paranoid best. – See more at:

To read our full review, click here.

Monster-At-End-Book

MOO, BAA, LA LA LA – by SANDRA BOYNTON

Toddlers interact with animals in this Sandra Boynton classic that is darling, whimsical, and hilarious!

To read our full review, click here.

MooBaa-Boynton

MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL 2: REAL FRIENDS vs. THE OTHER KIND

Second in a series of graphic novels for kids, this book app explores friendships and some of the issues that can come up, including eating disorders, disputes, being used, and other important topics.

To read our full review, click here.

Middle-School-Confidential2-1

MIDDLE SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL 3: WHAT’S UP WITH MY FAMILY?

This graphic novel explores family issues in a manner that’s meaningful to tweens and teens.

To read our full review, click here.

Middle-School-Confidential3